Blue and Gold Macaw

GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION/RANGE: 
South America

DIET: 
Wild-seeds, nuts, fruit; In the Zoo-seeds, nuts, fruit, vegetables, greens.

HABITAT: 
Forest, topmost fronds of trees, trunks of dead palm trees.

DESCRIPTION: 
The upperparts are blue. The breast and body are bright yellow. The forehead is green turning blue over the crown to the neck. A white naked face is striped with black rows of feathers. 

DID YOU KNOW? 
Macaws are social birds, living in large, noisy flocks. These colorful birds can be recognized by their long tails and large beaks. In zoos, macaws may live for 50-80 years. Macaws are easy to tame when young and can learn to say words. Several species of macaws are on the endangered species list due to habitat loss and collecting for the pet trade. Captive bred birds ease the drain on wild bird populations.  

MORE ABOUT OUR ANIMALS: 
Two species of macaw live in our Macaw Garden, a male Blue and Yellow Macaw and a male Military Macaw.

HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED IN CONSERVATION EFFORTS: 
Read about macaws online and check out books from your local library. Become a member of the El Paso Zoological Society. Funds raised by the Society are used to support conservation efforts at the Zoo and in the wild.

JUST FOR KIDS:
How many other birds can you find in the Zoo from the rainforests of South America? (Hint, look in the America’s walk through Aviary and the South America Pavilion.)